Drug Testing for Weed is a Massive Barrier to Mental-Health Care

By Eddie Kim, Feb 8, 2022

“Marijuana is a particularly touchy subject because unlike alcohol, or even cocaine, it can linger in the body for weeks. My patients are often forthcoming about marijuana use, and I rarely will request drug testing. With a good therapeutic relationship and trust, many people are often willing to reduce use on their own, recognizing that this is a form of self-medication,” Dimitriu says. “I very rarely will cease working with a patient over a ‘failed drug test,’ and rather, do my best to help from a harm-reduction approach.” 

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